Seagate has this week announced a new selection of Network Attached Storage drives, all of which have been designed for use specifically within small business, and includes a total of five NAS drices, with capacities from 2TB to 30TB, alongside a number of performance enhancements and a new OS called NAS OS 4.

The main change in the OS is a redesigned Device Manager, which allows users to manage preferences and configure settings without having to go through a number of menus. The new OS also includes a new App Manager, and Seagate’s Sdrive technology for remote access, allowing the NAS drive to be managed from a desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone.

The NAS HDD drives inside the devices are each sized at up to 5TB, and have been designed with advanced vibration tolerance and management capabilities.

Files stored on the drive can also be accessed from a private cloud all from one centralised location, and can be shared between clients and partners via Seagate’s Sdrive software, which is available on desktops, laptops, smartphones and tablets, all available for free.

Seagate’s NAS OS 4 also brings supports for add-on apps from Seagate and third parties, with five essential apps included from day one, including Seagate Antivirus, Seagate Surveillance Manager, WordPress, Own Cloud and BitTorrent Sync.

Here’s a description of each app:

Seagate Antivirus: an app that scans the files stored on the NAS to help safeguard against viruses and malware
Seagate Surveillance Manager: compatible with thousands of models of IP cameras, offering event and schedule-based recording and mobile apps for remote viewing
WordPress: a free open-source publishing platform with sophisticated design features, which allows one to easily create a blog
Own Cloud: an app that provides universal access to one’s files via the web, a computer or from mobile devices from locations outside of the network
BitTorrent Sync: a tool to enable synching and sharing of unlimited files and folders across all trusted devices in a secure manner

All of the drives are now available world-wide, in two different versions. The SeaGate NAS will come with 2 and 4-bay configurations, with a Marvel dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and storage sizes up to 16TB.

The Seagate NAS is available for £199 for the 2-bay 2TB drive, £399 for the 2-bay 8TB drive, or between £379 for the 4TB drive, and £749 for the 16TB drive.

The Seagate NAS Pro is the second of the two configurations, with a 1.7GHz dual-core Intel C2000 Series processor, 2GB of RAM and either 2, 4 or 6 bays in total.

In terms of price the Seagate NAS Pro starts at £399 for a 4TB model and goes up to £1,839 for the 30TB model.

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